Affectionately dubbed 'Son of Heathcote' by our winemaking team, Cambrian Rise is a fine example of Heathcote Shiraz.
Our long involvement with the Heathcote region (since 1987) brings a thorough understanding of the way it behaves in differing vintage conditions, as well as the micro-climatic variations that naturally occur in this north-south aligned region.
The final make-up of Cambrian Rise is inextricably linked to the composure of our flagship red wine - 'Hanging Rock Heathcote Shiraz'. Our flagship Shiraz is always predominantly made with fruit from our 'Athol's Paddock' vineyard and, depending on the vintage, may include additional fruit from any, or all, of the groups of other Heathcote vineyards contracted to grow for us. The fruit that does not suit our requirements for the final flagship Shiraz blend immediately becomes available for Cambrian Rise. Our winemakers then have the challenge to make our next best possible Heathcote Shiraz wine.
Hence the tag, 'Son of Heathcote'.
Cambrian Rise will always include components from a number of Heathcote Shiraz vineyards and its composition will vary from vintage to vintage. In 2014, being a hot year the majority of the fruit came from the middle and the south of the Heathcote region.
Colour: Deep red with a cherry red and slightly purple hue.
Nose: Intense all spice and cedar aromas with notes of chocolate and cherries.
Palate: Plum, spice and white pepper are the dominate flavours of the wine, however the most exciting thing is the texture and structure. The velvet tannin blend so well with the round lush mouth feel of the wine. To us this feeling of power with elegance is a quintessential telltale of a well made Heathcote wine.
Awards: 94 points- Wine Companion, May 2017.